Fantasy Football Top 30 Quarterbacks for 2011: Updated as of August 30

Eric StashinSenior Writer IAugust 30, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 19: Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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For the most part we have gotten all of the information we will from the preseason.  Sure, starters may play a little bit in the final preseason game, but it likely won’t be a long stay in the game.  With the data we have, how do things stack up?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  2. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
  3. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  5. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
  6. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts  
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
  9. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
  12. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions 
  13. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  14. Eli Manning – New York Giants 
  15. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams
  16. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals
  17. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs
  18. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos
  19. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
  20. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets
  21. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills
  22. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins 
  23. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans
  24. Donovan McNabb – Minnesota Vikings
  25. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns 
  26. Jason Campbell – Oakland Raiders
  27. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers
  28. John Beck – Washington Redskins
  29. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers



  • Things are looking more and more like Peyton Manning will actually play in Week 1 of the 2011 season.  Alex Marvez (click here for the article has a quote from a Colts press release saying, “Manning will participate in practice on a limited basis. All of his practice work will be scripted and on a controlled basis. The participation in limited football activity is a standard procedure in the club’s rehab protocol.”  While it remains unknown if he will be able to maintain his consecutive games streak, this definitely is a step in the right direction.  It’s hard to move him up based solely on this news, though it keeps his stock from falling any further.
  • We all know that Chad Henne is a huge question mark, having never quite lived up to expectations.  He didn’t show much in the first preseason game (4-8, 77 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT), but the past two games have helped to completely change our opinion of him.  He’s gone 25-37 with 369 yards and 1 TD.  Is he flying up draft boards?  Of course not, but with Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush and company joining him in the offense, he has the potential to be a nice buy in two-quarterback formats.
  • The concerns over Kyle Orton losing his job to Tim Tebow are diminishing by the day.  Orton is coming off a year where he threw for 3,653 yards, 20 TD and 9 INT and has looked good in the preseason.  He should be bumped up draft boards immediately.
  • John Beck has looked impressive this preseason and suddenly has vaulted himself into the fantasy discussion.  We’ll take a closer look at him (as well as the rest of the Redskins skill positions) later this afternoon.  I wouldn’t trust him as a starting option, even in two-quarterback formats, but he has the potential to be a high-upside backup.
  • It has not been an impressive preseason for Cam Newton in the least.  His best completion percentage has been 50 percent (7-14) and he is coming off a 6-19 outing in Game 3.  He has yet to throw for a TD, either, though he has rushed for one.  His legs are the only thing that helps him out right now, though seeing him struggle would not be a very big surprise.
  • If anyone had a question whether or not the Falcons would actually open up the offense this season, Matt Ryan went out in the third preseason game and threw the ball 42 times (22 completions) for 220 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  The potential is there for him to produce as a top 5 fantasy option this season and makes him a very good buy on draft day.
  • Matthew Stafford has made a statement in the preseason, throwing for 5 TD vs. 0 INT.  In the third game (against the Patriots) he went 12-14 for 200 yards and 2 TD.  It’s looking like he could be a viable option in all formats, assuming he stays healthy of course.  If you draft him you will certainly like to get one of the next 3-5 QBs just to protect yourself.

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